Monthly Archives: February 2012
We now have a June 30th release date on my upcoming book, Lupe Vélez: The Life and Career of Hollywood’s “Mexican Spitfire”. A little longer than expected (I’m yet to receive the proofs) but I promise it’ll be worth the wait 🙂
For now, you can pre-order HERE
It’s very encouraging to see new plays and films based on the lives of actors/actresses of the bygone era being developed. Tragedy struck the lives of many stars during those early Hollywood days…Peg Entwistle was one of them.
At age 24, having already appeared in a number of plays and with a slow, but promising start in film, she jumped to her death from the Hollywood sign. Sadly, as a result of this tragedy, she is sometimes referred to as “The Hollywood Sign Girl,” but oh, she was so much more…
A UK play is currently being developed by the folks over at Crazyhouse Theatre Productions, loosely based on Peg Entwistle’s life, it is slated for completion by the end of this year.
For more information, please visit the below link:
Below: Yep, that’s Peg.
Well, it’s all over for another year and as expected, Hugo and The Artist swept the 2012 Oscars.
Congratulations to both films! Well deserved!
All the winners are HERE
When I was living in Brooklyn, NY, one of the really great treasure hunts was retracing the steps of some of the locations that were clearly visible in many of the Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle shorts that were so popular in our family. The “then and now” aspect of certain streets and buildings, many of which are still standing, made for an exciting afternoon.
Below is an article that names many of Hollywood’s famous filming locations from the good old days!
Since Whitney Houston’s body was seen lying in a casket…on the front cover of the latest issue of The National Enquirer, many people have expressed how distasteful it was to publish it, let alone splash it across the cover. But, as I’ve already said in my earlier post, it’s the family member or friend that has provided the magazine with this image – for money, who should be scolded. They sold her out. The tabloid is in the business to sell magazines. Millions buy the tabloids each week and they’ll pay big $$$ for an exclusive photo. That said, a photo of Whitney Houston in her casket…it’d be a name your price situation.
As shocking as Whitney’s image is, the death scene and autopsy photos of Marilyn Monroe are far, far worse. In her, we had the most beautiful, glamorous, vivacious, fun-loving soul that had ever graced Hollywood’s doorstep. A sex-symbol. And, at thirty-six…she too was dead. While I believe that Marilyn Monroe was murdered, as with Whitney Houston, drugs destroyed her.
Death is a part of life. But for the living, it’s often a difficult topic to discuss and come to terms with. Thankfully, when it’s “our time” to go, unlike these superstars, there’ll be no final photographs in death. No magazine covers. And, for the record, I’m good with that 🙂
The below photos show death in its rawest form…the death of Marilyn Monroe.
**WARNING: Graphic photographical content below***
Below: The death scene. Marilyn Monroe, naked and dead in her bed.
Below: Autopsy photo #1
Below: Autopsy photo #2
Below: Marilyn Monroe in her prime, full of life.